Tim Gross (2006)

Anubias gracilis

Aquarium suitability: yes
Usage: Cichlid proof plant, Background, Midground
Difficulty: easy
Growth: very slow
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Range and localities: 

Guinea, Sierra Leone

Height: 30 - 60 cm
Width: 30 - 60 cm

Trader names [?]: 
  • Anubias hederafolius

Habit, plant type:

  • rhizome or creeping stem
Botanical name [?]: Anúbias grácilis A.Chev. ex Hutch.

Major group (unranked): Seed plants: Flowering plants (Angiosperms)
Order: Alismatales
Family: Araceae
Genus: Anubias


Anubias gracilis is one of the larger representatives of the genus Anubias. In nature it grows on the banks of jungle rivers in West Africa. This species is not often found in trade.
This species has characteristically triangular to heart-shaped, sometimes almost hastiform leave blades, around 7 to 12 cm in length and (4-)6(-10) cm in width. They have 30 to 60 cm long stalks. The creeping rhizome is around 1 to 1.5 cm thick.

When cultivated submersed in an aquarium, this plant tends to stay a lot smaller than the emersed form. It is a very slow grower. This robust, strong bog plant is highly suitable for emersed cultivation in large moist terraria and paludaria, where it can grow to a considerable size. It needs relatively little light.

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References and further reading:
  1. Kasselmann, C. (2010): Aquarienpflanzen. 3rd edition (German). - DATZ Aquarienbuch, Ulmer Verlag, Stuttgart: p. 117.
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